2021 (March-April) Climate Reality India Newsletter
Our newsletter will provide updates from our programs, our fellow Climate Reality Leaders who are making difference and how each one of us can act to solve the crisis. And, we would love to know your story and act of leadership, because every action does matter.
CLIMATE LITERACY CONCLAVE FOR SOUTH ASIA
To honour the anniversary of Earth Day and lay emphasis on the importance of climate education, Mobius Foundation, The Climate Reality Project India, and Earth Day Network organized 2 days Climate Literacy Conclave for South Asia with policymakers and Youth Voices, held on April 15th and 16th 2021.
On the first Day, experts from South Asian countries were invited to share their perception of Climate Education and Literacy. The second day was dedicated to the youth voices from South Asia.
The event was attended and watched by 500+ participants nationally and internationally.
EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS
Virtual Teachers Training Program
The Climate Reality Project India organized Virtual Teachers Training Program on 10th and 17th April on Climate change and Green Campus in collaboration with Chitkara University, Banur (Punjab) and Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA), and APSWD-Association of Professional Social Workers & Development Practitioners.
Over 101 teachers participated in the two days webinar. Chitkara University also committed to implement the Green Campus Program.
Earth Day Citizen’s Forum
The Climate Reality Project India joined hands with Healthy Climate Initiative and Arctic Ice Project and organised a webinar on 'Restoration of Greenland and Himalayan Glaciers' 0-on 23rd April, 2021. The Webinar was organised with the help of Climate Reality Leader and National Coordinator for Biodiversity, Rituraj Phukan.
It is well established that the Arctic and Himalayan glaciers are melting at an alarming rate. Unless checked, the melting would have profound implications for life forms around the world. This interactive webinar was organized as a prelude to the symposium, which will be scheduled later this year.
The webinar saw the presence of his Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, (Chairman, Arctic Circle and former President of the Republic of Iceland), Climate Scientists Sir David King, Dr. Peter Wadhams, Dr M R Bhutiyani, Dr. Leslie Field and Healthy Climate Initiative (HCI) President Dr. Soumitra Das among others.
YOUTH FOR EARTH 2021
We invite India and South Asian motivated students to join ‘Youth for Earth’ and be the ‘Change Maker’. School, College, or University students can participate by forming teams. Students team up to 10th standard shall apply under Junior category, and students having team members from above 11th standard or in college or university under Senior category.
This challenge invites youth led project which makes a strong and positive impact on the community around you, part of solution(s) to climate crisis and pave a path towards healthy planet. Participating teams shall choose their themes and project category and contribute through the activity they have been doing from 1st February 2021 to 31st July 2021 to bring a positive change for a more sustainable lifestyle.
We would like to request our Climate Reality Leaders to spread the word about ‘Youth for Earth’ amongst the community, schools and colleges and motivate the young minds to participate.
CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS WATER CONSERVATION
As you are aware, water scarcity is looming across the length and breadth of our subcontinent and stories of water positivity are few and far in between. As new leaders join in, we keep getting request on what all can be done in this sector?
We are happy to share that Climate Reality has a dedicated vertical on water conservation. Senior leaders, who are stalwarts in their respective field of water management have very kindly agreed to share their learnings with all of us. There would be online sessions from basic to intermittent level of Rainwater Harvesting, Pond renovation, society waste-water/ grey water management to name a few.
For early to mid-carrier professionals, writing grant proposals would also be included with focus on water sector. ‘Dedication’ is the only qualification we are looking forward to and a promise to help channelize the work on the ground (as things become conductive, in times to come; post-Corona) makes you a perfect person to apply. Age, gender, location – no bar. Motivated to take the journey –
Watch Ken Berlin, President and CEO, The Climate Reality Project, speak on pressing issue of Climate change with focus on India.